Healthcare professionals kneel outside Women and Infants Hospital for equality

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) — Over 100 healthcare workers took a knee outside the Women and Infants Hospital Friday morning, to bring awareness to racism and inequality in the healthcare field.

The group knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds — the same amount of time former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of George Floyd.

The group was addressed by Care New England president and CEO, Jim Fanale, and diversity coordinator, Dionne Poulton, who spoke about issues plaguing black women and women of color in maternal healthcare.

“What we know nationally and regionally as well is that there is clearly a difference in maternal mortality in African American women and women of color,” said Fanale.

“It’s no different here than it is through the rest of the country and its an issue that needs to be addressed,” Fanale said. “And it’s a thing we’ve been working on for the last year.”

Workers from Women and Infants Hospital were joined by other healthcare professionals from Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.


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